MI man in prison for life for drugs wins release

MI man in prison for life for drugs wins release

MI man in prison for life for drugs wins release

The 10-member MI parole board voted unanimously to release "White Boy" Rick Wershe from prison after he spent almost 30 years behind bars.

"I know that the drugs I sold destroyed people's lives", Wershe told the parole board in June. Wershe then told a prison acquaintance about the arrangement and helped connect the inmate's son, who lived in Virginia, with the same stolen auto dealer.

The Hollywood star will play the role of Wershe's father, Richard Wershe Sr. "They give me faith that things are going to turn out alright, and I just have to take it day by day".

Wershe still owes 22 months to the state of Florida after credit for his time served, but his attorney Ralp Musilli is going to ask Florida officials to change the sentence to concurrent instead of consecutive, which would mean his time in MI prison would count for the time owed in Florida. During that time, he was moved to a prison in Florida, where he got involved with a stolen vehicle ring out of Miami.

The Michigan Corrections Department said it's up to Florida to come get Wershe when he's released.

'Florida officials will be responsible for making arrangements for his transfer to serve his sentence there'.

He was sentenced to serve five years in prison in Florida after begin convicted on racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering charges in 2006.

The hearing on June 8 spanned more than four hours and Wershe answered many questions about his life, including telling the panel he started working as a law enforcement informant when he was 14.

McConaughey spent several hours in the MI prison speaking with Wershe earlier this year and offered to help him get back on his feet once he was released.

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He said he cried when he got the news.

He said he was trying to help his sister, who was raising his daughter, make money buying then selling cars.

A plea agreement in the case said prosecutors agreed not to file charges against Wershe's sister or mother in connection with the case.

Retired FBI agent Herman Groman worked with Wershe on that investigation. If he's rejected, it will be another five years before he gets a shot at parole.

Wershe's controversial case has garnered national attention over the years and included years of legal wrangling.

The then-baby-faced teen was sentenced to mandatory life prison under the state's strict cocaine dealing laws.

In 2015, Wayne County Circuit Judge Dana Hathaway said Wershe was "entitled to be resentenced" for his 1988 conviction "with consideration given to his youth and the circumstances surrounding the crime". "We respect and accept the decision of the parole board".

Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy had opposed parole in the past but took a neutral stance during the latest round. The Department of Corrections says there are "administrative processes" that have to happen, including alerting the Wayne County Prosecutor's office to the parole decision.

The story of his lengthy incarceration, which many have argued was unjust, is set to become a feature film next year starring Matthew McConaughey.

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